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Bolivar Police Chief Reports Violent Crimes Down

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

BOLIVAR, Tenn- According to the Bolivar Police chief and some area residents, crime in the Hardeman County is down. In a recent crime meeting, Bolivar Police Chief Pat Baker, said a report confirms the decrease.

According to Baker, a report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed a drop in crimes since July 2011. Baker said one of the reasons for the decrease is more police visibility.

"The Police Department is now more visual and aggressive," said Baker.

The Bolivar Police Department has 21 officers. Eight or nine officers are usually patrolling at any given time. Baker said residents are noticing the decrease.

"I have many people come up to me just to say 'thanks' for what we're doing at the police department," said Baker.

According to Baker, citations have increased from 50 to 250, since last year because of more police visibility. He also said the police department response time is down.